Why this 10-year-old boy collected 140 pounds of cat and dog food

Collin Isaac collected more than 140 pounds of pet food at his birthday party in August. The items will be donated to animals impacted by Hurricane Harvey.  Collin is pictured with his dog Maggie.
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Collin Isaac collected more than 140 pounds of pet food at his birthday party in August. The items will be donated to animals impacted by Hurricane Harvey. Collin is pictured with his dog Maggie.

Turns out a bag of dog food is the perfect birthday gift for a growing 10-year-old.

Tipp City's Collin Isaac donated more than 140 pounds of pet food friends gifted him at his Aug. 26 birthday party to Wagtown and the Dayton Foodbank.

The organizations are collecting food for needy Houston animals impacted by Hurricane Harvey.

Emilee Isaac, Collin's mom, said the collection was a group effort that illustrates the power of giving to others.

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“As these boys walked in my house, they were carrying bags of dog food as tall as they were,” a marketing manager said. “I was expecting little, small bags.”

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Collin Isaac collected more than 140 pounds of pet food at his birthday party in August. The items will be donated to animals impacted by Hurricane Harvey.

Credit: Wagtown

Collin Isaac collected more than 140 pounds of pet food at his birthday party in August. The items will be donated to animals impacted by Hurricane Harvey.
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Collin Isaac collected more than 140 pounds of pet food at his birthday party in August. The items will be donated to animals impacted by Hurricane Harvey.

Credit: Wagtown

Credit: Wagtown

About seven families attended Collin’s party.

Isaac said her son had planned to donate the cat and dog supplies to a local animal welfare group until learning about Harvey in school.

“We thought, maybe there is a better place to send donations,” Emilee Isaac said.

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Collin Isaac collected more than 140 pounds of pet food at his birthday party in August. The items will be donated to animals impacted by Hurricane Harvey. The boys are from right to left, starting with the back row: Trey Sellers, Jake Dettwiller, Brady Liskey, Cameron Smith, Carter Chinn, Jackson Robbins, Luke Lyons. Right to Left front Row: Max Lyons, Wyatt Isaac, Collin Isaac, Kellan Sellers

Collin Isaac collected more than 140 pounds of pet food at his birthday party in August. The items will be donated to animals impacted by Hurricane Harvey.  The boys are from right to left, starting with the back row: Trey Sellers, Jake Dettwiller, Brady Liskey, Cameron Smith, Carter Chinn, Jackson Robbins, Luke Lyons. Right to Left front Row: Max Lyons, Wyatt Isaac, Collin Isaac, Kellan Sellers
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Collin Isaac collected more than 140 pounds of pet food at his birthday party in August. The items will be donated to animals impacted by Hurricane Harvey. The boys are from right to left, starting with the back row: Trey Sellers, Jake Dettwiller, Brady Liskey, Cameron Smith, Carter Chinn, Jackson Robbins, Luke Lyons. Right to Left front Row: Max Lyons, Wyatt Isaac, Collin Isaac, Kellan Sellers

Isaac said she and her husband Clint try to instill the value of giving back in Collin and his 6-year-old brother, Wyatt.

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They pitched the idea of collecting for pets to Collin.

Isaac said the party was right up the boy’s alley even though he at first asked if he could get some gifts for himself and some for animals.

“He really likes animals. He is interested in becoming a veterinarian. He likes those critter shows on TV about puppies and alligators,” she said. “He has a really good heart and a passion for helping other people.”

The family has a chocolate lab named Maggie.

Isaac said she got the idea for the party from parents in another state.

She said she hopes other parents here are inspired to encourage their children to have similar parties here.

A local effort has seen more than 22,300 pounds of food donated so far for pets impacted by Harvey, according to the Facebook page for Wagtown, an organization that advocates for dog friendly communities.

Beth Miller, the president and CEO of Wagtown, said donations for animals impacted by Harvey will be collected through Sept. 8.

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Collin Isaac collected more than 140 pounds of pet food at his birthday party in August. The items will be donated to animals impacted by Hurricane Harvey. Collin is picture with is dog Maddie and little brother Wyatt.

Collin Isaac collected more than 140 pounds of pet food at his birthday party in August. The items will be donated to animals impacted by Hurricane Harvey.  Collin is picture with is dog Maddie and little brother Wyatt.
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Collin Isaac collected more than 140 pounds of pet food at his birthday party in August. The items will be donated to animals impacted by Hurricane Harvey. Collin is picture with is dog Maddie and little brother Wyatt.

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As a special note, Miller said SICSA Pet Adoption Center is getting reports of desperate need of supplies for equine and other farm animals.

Drop off points have been established at the following locations:

→Wagner Subaru, 5470 Intrastate Drive, Fairborn

→Tastefully Roasted Coffee, 6 Oakwood Ave., Oakwood

→District 6 Donuts,  6 Oakwood Ave., Oakwood

→Dayton Foodbank, 56 Armor Place, Dayton

→Routsong Funeral Home and Cremation Services Centerville at

2100 E Stroop Road in Kettering and 81 North Main St. in Centerville

→Elizabeth Diamond Company, 7245 Far Hills Ave, Centerville

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